Cofiroute USA signs new $25.9 million Systems Integration Contract for 91 Express Lanes with Riverside County Transportation Commission

March 13, 2014







IRVINE, Calif. – Cofiroute USA, a VINCI Autoroutes subsidiary, signed a $25.9 million, three- year contract with Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) for systems integration and installation for the new extension of the 91 Express Lanes from Orange County into Riverside County. The 91 Express Lanes in Orange County has been in operation since December, 1995 and is one of the world’s most successful all-electronic toll facilities. It is owned by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA).


The contract goes into effect in March 2014. It includes the integration of in-lane equipment, back office software, camera and video systems and an expanded customer service center. The new free flow extension will feature all-electronic tolling. It is part of a major highway improvement program in Riverside County worth nearly $1.3 billion.


The construction includes the widening of the existing SR-91 to a seven-lane freeway, building a direct connector to the Express Lanes from Interstate 15 interchange and an extension of the existing Express Lanes. RCTC awarded the construction contract to a joint venture of Atkinson Contractors and Walsh Construction. Construction will begin later this year. The RCTC estimates that the new express lanes will open in early 2017.


Anne Mayer, Executive Director of the RCTC, said the project will improve the flow of traffic on the SR-91, which is used by nearly 300,000 vehicles per day, with an additional 140,000 vehicles expected daily by 2035. The improvements will reduce delays, allow faster emergency response, relieve local street congestion and offer better access to public transit.


“The 91 is the only major east-west route between Orange County and Riverside County,” said Mayer. “The 91 Project will provide significant benefits to drivers, residents and businesses in the region. When completed, it will save time, boost safety, enhance access, promote ridesharing, reduce pollution and create more than 18,000 jobs. It builds upon the successful Orange County 91 Express Lanes history. The Express Lanes should be popular. One survey showed that 80 percent of Orange County 91 Express Lane drivers said they plan to use the new RCTC tolled express lanes.”


Gary Hausdorfer, president and CEO of Cofiroute USA said that the new contract was the result of the company’s successful history of operating the 91 Express Lanes and its experience with sophisticated, proven systems for delivering efficient, effective customer experiences and timely, accurate account service.


“One of the key ingredients to congestion relief in California and across the U.S. is the expansion and implementation of express lanes and all electronic tolling,” Hausdorfer said. “We are very proud to be a part of the RCTC team and helping to reduce congestion along the SR-91 Corridor.”


Kirk Avila, general manager of the 91 Express Lanes for OCTA, said that OCTA is pleased that RCTC has chosen Cofiroute USA as its systems integrator.


“Cofiroute USA has done an outstanding job of managing all phases of operations for the past 10 years on the existing 91 Express Lanes and their selection by RCTC will ensure a seamless extension of their technology and systems to benefit drivers along the new route,” said Avila.




About Cofiroute USA:


Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Cofiroute USA provides a wide range of services to its public and private sector clients in the toll road industry, including total management of all toll operations. The company helped create the world's first fully automated toll facility – Southern California’s 91 Express Lanes in Orange County, Calif. Now owned by Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), it has become an international model for highly efficient, safe, driver-friendly operations. Cofiroute USA was also a key part of the team that converted the first high-occupancy vehicle lanes (HOV) to high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In addition to its toll road operations contracts, it provides consulting services to public agencies planning new toll roads or converting high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes to managed toll lanes in several regions. Cofiroute USA is backed by the global resources and experience of its parent company, VINCI, based in Paris, France, which had annual revenues of $55.5 billion (€ 40,3 billion) in 2013, with 192,000 employees in more than 100 countries.


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